Confronting scenes have caused a pregnant Gogglebox star to run from her loungeroom after a news program showed a special featuring babies affected by radiation.
Newlywed Sarah Marie, who is expecting a baby with her husband Matty, was watching the most recent episode of Channel 7’s Sunday Night in a segment on last night’s episode of Goggleboxon Foxtel when she suddenly got up and ran from the room.
“I’m running,” Sarah Marie said.
Sunday Night’s special featured a segment on the “world’s worst nuclear accident”, the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and showed journalist Steve Pennells wandering through dangerous and radioactive areas of the city.
The disaster, which occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat in the then Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, has received renewed public attention because of a popular HBO miniseries, which hit streaming on Foxtel earlier this year and dramatised the events.
Pennells headed into the “exclusion zone”, a dangerous area where thousands of square kilometres remain contaminated by highly toxic radiation from the disaster.
“It’s become a tourist attraction,” Mick, from Gogglebox, noted while watching the program.
Pennells was then shown heading into the radioactive exclusion zone with a tour guide, Olga, 21.
Journalist Steve Pennells wanders through the radioactive wreckage around Chernobyl. Picture: Gogglebox/Sunday NightSource:Supplied
The Gogglebox stars were shocked the young tour guide would routinely expose herself to the high levels of radiation present in the area.
“She’s not gonna make 22 … if she keeps doing this,” said Gogglebox star Grant, a registered nurse and father.
“If you want to have kids one day, get out of there!” said Sarah Marie. She later groaned and covered her face, as the program turned to the “profound fear” faced by new mothers living in the area.
The program showed newborn babies gasping for breath, explaining that in the three decades since the accident, numerous children have been diagnosed with tumours and different forms of cancer, including leukaemia.
Suddenly, Sarah Marie stands up and runs from the room.
“OK, I can’t,” she exclaimed. “I can't watch the rest, I’m running,” she said.
The scene proves too upsetting for the mum-to-be.Source:Supplied
Sarah Marie runs from the room.Source:Supplied
Sarah Marie later returned after asking her husband Matty if the part about the babies had finished.
Gogglebox is in its ninth season and has won a Logie award for the past four years.
In 2016 and 2017 the program won the Logie award for Best Factual Program, and in 2018 and 2019 the program won the award for Most Popular Entertainment Program.